Labor laws allow children as young as twelve years old to work in agriculture with their parent's consent. However, children of all ages can be found working in the fields.
2007 Into the Fields intern, St. Helena Medical Clinic, SC
Update from December 2013
I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2008 and worked at a local Spanish newspaper in Charlotte (La Noticia). Then I worked, until recently, at Central Piedmont Community College teaching Adult ESL. Now I am full-time teaching ESL to Japanese employees at a machinery company in Charlotte (and also working in HR). My experience with SAF has helped with all of these- especially with relating to people from different backgrounds and with language skills. I appreciate you and all you do!
2007 Intern, Student Action with Farmworkers, Durham, NC
Update from January 2011
As of November 2010, I am the Garden Project Coordinator for Schmahl Science Workshop in San Jose. It's through Silicon Valley Health Corp which receives Americorp funding. My position entails reaching out to the surrounding low-income neighborhood (which is predominantly Hispanic), planning and teaching garden-based programming for school-aged children, and coordinating workshops on health, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. In addition to becoming more educated on these topics, I am learning a lot about non-profit management and funding. My experience at SAF has definitely come in handy!
2007 Intern, Toxic Free NC, Raleigh, NC
Update from June 2013
In May 2013 I was hired at Toxic Free NC, my SAF placement from 2007! I'm excited to be the community organizer at an organization that does great work with farmworkers and many other communities in NC! Part of my job is doing farmworker outreach with camps to facilitate conversations about pesticide safety and self-advocacy, as well as supporting workers in growing their own organic gardens. My other work includes presentations and outreach to communities across the state, including churches and community groups, with the goal of helping people come together to make their communities safer. SAF inspired in me a lasting passion for working with farmworker communities--which I did in Eastern NC after college and in California during grad school--and also gave me the connections to find meaningful work in North Carolina. I still keep in touch with some of the other 2007 Safistas (but not enough of them--let's have a reunion, guys!).